OUTAGE: Energex were out this morning restoring power to thousands of homes across the Sunshine Coast after wild wind tore down branches. FILE PHOTO
OUTAGE: Energex were out this morning restoring power to thousands of homes across the Sunshine Coast after wild wind tore down branches. FILE PHOTO Patrick Woods

Thousands of Coast homes without power after wild winds

UPDATE 8AM: THOUSANDS of Sunshine Coast residents were without power this morning after rain and wild winds brought down trees onto power lines.

Energex spokesman Danny Donald said 2234 customers lost power in the Buderim area from 5.30am after a branch came down on some high-voltage mains at Ballinger Crescent.

The Nambour area also felt the brunt of strong winds when a branch came down on a line at Image Flat Rd, with 189 households impacted between 1.20am to 2.30am.

Mr Donald said those in Kureelpa most affected.

Power was restored in the Buderim area at 6.55am, though Energex reported six people were still affected in the region as of 8.15am.

This comes as the Bureau of Meteorology maintain their marine warning for Sunshine Coast waters after winds were tipped to reach 55kmh last night.

The warning was issued at 3.50pm yesterday and updated 4.45am to remain until midnight tonight.

On land, gusts reached their peak of 46kmh between 9.25-9.30pm.

Mr Donald said it had been a busy morning for the Sunshine Coast crews and expected if wind keeps up, there could be more to come.

"Those areas around Buderim and Nambour... are quite heavily wooded and unfortunately, particularly when you have a bit of rain too, it can make things a bit soggy and can put a bit of extra weight on the branches," he said.

"When you get a bit of high winds following that up it snaps them off quite easily and they can land on our powerlines."

Temperatures dropped to a chilly 7.9°C at 6.30am today, with daytime temperatures forecast to reach a maximum 17-20°C on the Sunshine Coast.

BoM forecaster Lauren Pattie told these conditions will remain until mid-week when some moisture returns and brings with it isolated showers.

The humidity is expected to lessen over the coming days as a trough pushes through more dry air overnight and into tomorrow.

Hinterland areas can expect some frost on Monday and Tuesday.

 

WILD WEATHER: A strong wind warning has been issued for Sunshine Coast waters.
WILD WEATHER: A strong wind warning has been issued for Sunshine Coast waters. Che Chapman

SATURDAY: A BOUT of miserable weather is hitting the Sunshine Coast as strong wind lashes our waters, rain continues and temperatures drop to single digits.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a strong wind warning at 3.50pm as south-westerly winds on Coast waters are expected to increase from 10-15 knots to 30 knots this evening.

"There's a trough passing through, there'll be a strong wind burst and that will start to decrease into the latter part of Sunday," meteorologist Lauren Pattie said.

Ms Pattie explained it's a similar story with the increasing southerly swell, which is lagging behind the winds and expected to continue into Monday.

Those staying dry indoors should still rug up tonight, with temperatures expected to drop to 8-9°C.

The skies are expected to clear for a sunny Sunday, but daytime temperatures are expected to reach a maximum 20°C.

Ms Pattie said this afternoon's rainfall totals were only small, but a few more millimetres could be expected this evening as cloud cover continues.

Fine weather is forecast for the start of the week until some moisture returns mid-week, bringing with it isolated showers for coastal areas.

The humidity is expected to lessen over the coming days as a trough pushes through more dry air overnight and into tomorrow.

Hinterland areas can expect some frost on Monday and Tuesday.



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